Ramavijaya; 9 wanted from him. Kayakayi replied, « Kindly give me your promise that you will give me whatever I will ask from you; and 1 shall ask you for it whenever I like." The king generously gave the promise she required. The victory, gained by Dasharatha in the battle with the demons, was due to Kayakayi, because when she was young, a Tapaswi* came to her parents and stayed with them for a day. At the time of his bathing her mother told her to go and rub his body with scents. She accord- ingly went to him with-the scents; but finding that the Tapaswi was absorbed in meditation, she applied soot to his face instead of the scents. Having found that the soot had been applied to his face, he got indignant and cursed the doer of the mischeif and said. " Whoever has applied this soot to my face, will always be looked upon by all people with contempt." Her mother was afraid of this •curse; and finding that it washer daughter's doing, she threw herself at the feet of the Tapaswi and implored him to make the curse a little milder. Whereupon the Tapa-" swi said, " The hand with which your daughter has appli- ed the soot to my face, will give success to her husband in a battle which he will fight with demons and for which only she will be praised by all." After the battle was over, Brahasapti asked the king whether he had any issue. Dasharatha replied, " I am very sorry that I have no issue." The god blessed him and said, " Vishnu, the protecting god of the universe, will be born to you." Indra said, " There is a Rishi called Shringa Rishi, who has not yet seen a human face. He lives with his father in a forest; and if he is induced and brought to Ayodya, his father, who is a great Tapaswi, will come there in search of his son; and by his blessing you will get children. I shall, therefore, send a devangwnti f, *, An ascetic, f The wife of a god.